Unit 2

Eating Healthy

Eating right is a very important factor in my life that I value greatly in my daily diet. As an athlete, it is important for me to eat right and balance out my meals in order for me to fuel my body with all the necessary nutrients it needs to perform at its best all the time. As we all know, living a healthy diet may sometimes be rather challenging and receiving the right amount of servings each day may be difficult due to either time and or lack of food in your house. However, by using Canada’s Food Guide it can help you grab healthy and quick snack if you’re in a rush as well as, give you many alternatives if you do not eat or have a certain food. This way, you are still getting the essential nutrients your body needs for physical and mental well-being.

Communication can make a relationship healthy or unhealthy.

Communication is vital in creating and maintaining a healthy relationship, whether it is with a partner, friend, or co-worker, communication is key. Your communication skills can affect many things such as, how you solve problems, how you resolve conflict, and the level of trust you generate in your relationships. A lack of communication can result it confusion or misunderstandings which could lead to an unhealthy relationship. In my opinion, communication is the most important part of a relationship because without communication, you would not be able to connect with your partner or friend. Therefore, not being able to build trust or connection with the person. I do my best to ensure that I have good communication with my family, friends, and teachers to maintain a healthy relationship with them.

Specific reasons or causes for bullying. Positive or negative solutions?

I believe that bullies bully others for many reasons such as, the need to be in control, wanting to fit in, or not being able to express their emotions in a civil manner. However, I feel that the main reason why bullies bully is because they themselves have been bullied or are going through tough times in their own lives that others may not be aware of. By bullying others it helps the bully release anger or sadness out of their system. Although the bully may not always mean to hurt the other person, they can’t control their own emotions so, they lash out at others. I think a positive solution would be to reach out to the bully and talk to them. Help them express their emotion through words and not violence. Personally, I know that talking it out always help my feel better.

Root causes for teens to participate in the use of drugs and alcohol.

Although many teens use alcohol and drugs to feel good and on top if the world, I believe that the one root cause of starting alcohol or drugs is wanting to fit in and be “cool”. Firstly, just because your friends say drinking or smoking is cool doesn’t mean it is. Drugs and alcohol are not cool and can actually be detrimental to your health and well-being. Although peer pressure can be rather strong sometimes, I assure you that you won’t regret saying no. Another root cause of teens’ beginning stages of starting alcohol and drugs is a troubled home environment. Teens may be emotional drained from what is happening at home and may want to escape reality by drinking or smoking. Personally, I have never tried drugs or alcohol and I don’t plan to. This is because, soccer and school are very important to me and I would never do anything to jeopardize those two things.

The most effective way to avoid STI’s.

The most effective way to prevent STI’s is simple, don’t have sex. Although you may think that the person you are having intercourse with is infection free, you may not always know if they are infected or not. In fact, most of the time the person infected with a sexual transmitted infection is not aware and may pass it on to someone else without knowing. That is why safe sex is important at a young age. Using latex condoms, getting a vaccination, and not sharing underclothing are good way to prevent someone from getting a sexually transmitted infection. In my opinion, I think that teens should not be having sexual intercourse before marriage because it’s not worth putting yourself in danger of getting a sexually transmitted disease over a random guy you met at a party.

 

Web Tools 2.0

Wordle for eating healthy

Prezi for bullying

Animoto for the use of drugs and alcohol 

In-Depth

There we have it folks! Semester 1 is just about to end and the beginning of semester 2 is just around the corner. Along with semester 2, we have the one and only In-Depth project that all TALON students are preparing for. Being in grade 9, participating in this five month project will definitely be a new, but exciting experience. I’m not quite sure what to expect, however, I do know that everyone will put their best foot forward and have a great time while learning their skill. This year I chose to learn the art of boxing and kickboxing.

I chose boxing and kickboxing because I wanted to learn something that I’d like doing for five months. Being the athlete that I am, I decided to add another sport to my list by learning boxing and kickboxing. I currently play soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. I also play many other sports recreationally. Moreover, I enjoy being involved in sports and athletics so by choosing boxing it allows me to learn, do my project, and keep active. It’s a win, win! I also chose boxing and kickboxing because it is something I have always wanted to learn, but just never managed to have the time for. So, when I heard about In-Depth I thought, why not? However, I do not expect this to be easy… but, I am up for the challenge!

At this time, I unfortunately don’t have a mentor. However, I am trying my best to find one that will help me achieve my goal of learning how to box in five months. My goal is to definitely find a mentor in the next two weeks at the latest. Considering that friends and family are not allowed to be your mentor, I have decided to register with a boxing trainer and ask him to be my mentor. If this does not work, I will work hard to try and find a mentor that will help me train to becoming a boxer. I am willing to meet up with my mentor, call my mentor, and video chat my mentor when necessary.

During the first couple weeks of In-Depth I want to learn the rules and regulations of boxing and kickboxing and how they are played (differences and similarities). I am going to register i

n boxing and kickboxing classes which will teach me the basic and fundamental skills of the sport. I want to watch boxing matches online to give a sense of what kind of skills to learn and how to get better and performing certain moves. Aside from the physical aspect, I also want to learn a little bit of history about the sport and where it originated. I am expecting this sport to be one of the more challenging sports that I’ve picked up on, however, I’m excited to learn a new sport that will help me in the sports that I actually do play (fitness, strength, stamina, etc).

Like I said before, I do not expect this study to be a walk in the park and like all things in life things don’t always go as planned. Knowing that, I expect that these obstacles may take place during the course of the next five months:

  • Time managing with my academic studies and extra curricular activities
  • Not being able to contact my mentor consistently

On the other hand, I’m itching with excitement and so eager to start this five month study. I’m curious to see how far I will get with boxing in only five months, but at the same time, also very excited to see my progress within these next couple of months. This will definitely be a new experience for me but, one I’m will to trying. Can’t wait to see everyone’s final project!

Good luck to all :)